Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.8 

Ben gets a visit from his lawyer, Jerry. Lucy's meddling sister visits her. Norma's judgy mother arrives in Twin Peaks with a shady new husband. Both Bobby and Catherine plan to blackmail Ben. BOB covers his tracks but Mike is after him.


Caleb Deschanel


Mark Frost (created by), David Lynch (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs
Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne
Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward
Peggy Lipton ... Norma Jennings
James Marshall ... James Hurley
Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley (credit only)
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard (credit only)


With Ben Horne in jail for Laura Palmer's murder, Jerry tries to arrange a defense for him. Cooper doubts Ben's guilt, but Truman thinks otherwise. Pete later visits Ben with a taunting audio message from Catherine saying that she only will back up his alibi if he surrenders all his property over to her. Elsewhere, the real killer, Leland (under the direction of Bob) stuffs the dead Maddie Ferguson in his golf bag and goes for a joyride, and leaving evidence to implicate Ben. Meanwhile, Norma's estranged mother Vivian Smythe, arrives for a visit with her new husband Ernie Niles, while Hank reappears after being gone for several days and reveals to have known Ernie from time in prison. Lucy arrives back in Twin Peaks with her visiting, equally simpleton older sister, Gwen Morton, where Andy tells Lucy he wants to get back together with her. Also, the one-armed man attempts to escape from police custody with a warning that Bob is nearby. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At about 24 minutes into the episode, Harry and Pete spy on a woodpecker and behind them is a framed portrait of President Harry S Truman. Our character Harry and the President share the same exact name. See more »


When Harry and Coop turn around to pull over Leland on the highway, a palm tree can be seen behind them, although the show is supposed to take place in northeast Washington state. See more »


[Ben is held in custody]
Jerry Horne: Now your 24 hours are up! You either charge my client or let him go.
Sheriff Truman: Ben Horne, I'm charging you with the murder of Laura Palmer.
Benjamin Horne: Good move, Jer.
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References Road House (1989) See more »


The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Vocal by Ray Wise
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The Dancing Master
10 June 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

After an episode that could never be topped, we have some amazing things going on. Ray Wise as Leland Palmer is stunning. First of all, he is out on bail after admitting to the murder of Jacques. Truman and Cooper seem to love the guy and have given him an awful lot of rope. Meanwhile Ben Home resides in jail, based on his connection to One Eyed Jack. It's interesting with all the interest in Laura Palmer that there are numerous other things that could lead to prison: e.g. the kidnapping and drugging of Audrey. We also have some big realizations taking place when the chubby Japanese guy is revealed. We have the continuing saga of Leo, who is in a vegetative state (or is he?). And poor Shelley! She does deserve more, but she is being capsized in some sort of Devil's agreement. Norma's mother shows up with a new husband, but at the end we find out that there is something untoward going on. I don't know where to even start, so I will sit back and enjoy.

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